|Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 191):
It's not about just attacking people but maintaining a deterrent.
That's already taken care of, Sv7887 - in the form of 'M-A-D,' Mutually-Assured-Destruction.' The Russians (the only nation with the capacity seriously to damage the United States), will never dare to try it on - they know only too well that they'll be 'obliterated in short order,' as they used to say.
As to the rest - 'tactical resistance' - I got my share of the boredom and wet feet and frozen fingers that it took to discourage the Warsaw Pact from trying to bust through the Fulda Gap. But I think we all sort of knew in our hearts - the Russians and the East Germans as well - that it was never actually going to happen.............
Neither side could have 'won' - and that remains the case.
When we saw them through the Observation Post field-glasses, we used to wave. They used to wave back - but only after they'd glanced around to make sure that no officer was watching - and only with their hand low down in front of their chests so they couldn't be seen from behind.
Poor sods. We were maybe risking charges of 'conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline' - THEY were probably risking getting themselves shot at dawn...........
Increasingly feel that 'think yourself lucky' is the best advice that ancient bastards like me can offer to younger people.....
[Edited 2008-11-05 07:02:03]